El Gato Negro, Gretna, LA Report #373

El Gato Negro means “The Black Cat” in Spanish. I’ve been hearing people praise this place forever. Long ago I tried the French Quarter location, and honestly, it’s been so long I can’t even remember what I had. Never mind if it was good or not. A coworker of mine came in weeks ago talking… Continue reading El Gato Negro, Gretna, LA Report #373

Jalapeños Mexican Cuisine, Belle Chasse, LA Report #368

This place is located at the end of a very short strip mall on LA Hwy 23, also known as Belle Chasse Hwy. Keep heading south on that highway and it dead ends at the Gulf of Mexico, at the “toe” of Southeast Louisiana. I pass this restaurant pretty often going down to the Navy… Continue reading Jalapeños Mexican Cuisine, Belle Chasse, LA Report #368

The Velvet Cactus, New Orleans, LA Report #363

This is one of those places that you go to and wonder why you haven’t been there in so long. I love the place. If you miss their sign and you’re looking for the restaurant, the second picture is about all you’ll see. It’s tucked in under a bunch of trees of pretty much invisible.… Continue reading The Velvet Cactus, New Orleans, LA Report #363

Carreta’s Grill, Metairie, LA Report #359

Today I had my taxes done. It’s a dark day. Always is. I always have to pay. As tradition has it, we always go to eat afterwards. It’s one of the few things that makes me feel better that’s legal. Way back in Report #334, I explained that I was going to restaurants on this… Continue reading Carreta’s Grill, Metairie, LA Report #359

Palm & Pine, New Orleans, LA Report #347

This restaurant is located on the northern edge of the French Quarter, on what was once the North Rampart of the original city of New Orleans. Because of that, the street it’s on is named North Rampart. I’ve heard great things about this place and have been wanting to try it for some time. My… Continue reading Palm & Pine, New Orleans, LA Report #347

Juan’s Flying Burrito, New Orleans, LA Report #344

This place has been slinging Mexican food in New Orleans since 1997. It’s pretty popular, so I can’t believe I’ve never been here! Their website says when they came into being they were loosely based on San Francisco Mission-style burrito joints, that were in vogue during the 1980’s and early 90’s. Well, tonight was my… Continue reading Juan’s Flying Burrito, New Orleans, LA Report #344

Santa Fe, New Orleans, LA Report #336

You ever walk down the sidewalk and think, “I’d like to sit out here and eat in that little strip of grass (or dirt) between the sidewalk and the street”? Well, now’s your chance to do it! If you come to Santa Fe. This place is located on one of the prettiest streets in the… Continue reading Santa Fe, New Orleans, LA Report #336

Frida Southwest, Oklahoma City, OK Report #329

Oklahoma City! Never been here before. Nice looking city! But who cares about that? How’s the food? That’s all that mattered to me. I was told this was the place to go. I’m not sure you’d call it Mexican food. If you look them up online they say their menu is inspired by the cuisine… Continue reading Frida Southwest, Oklahoma City, OK Report #329

La Chilanga Bar & Grill, Kenner, LA Report #318

A coworker told me this was a good place for authentic Mexican food.  I typed “La Chilanga” into my Spanish to English translator and it says it means “woman from Mexico city”.  Ok.  Let’s just get to the food. We decided on a small cheese dip to go with the complimentary chips and salsa, a… Continue reading La Chilanga Bar & Grill, Kenner, LA Report #318

Pacos Tacos, Metairie, LA Report #299

This place sells the authentic, Mexican street type tacos.  Until I was in my 40’s, the only type of tacos I had tried were the Taco Bell type tacos, with the crunchy, corn shell.  Then after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, numerous taco trucks showed up in New Orleans, and my eyes were opened!  I… Continue reading Pacos Tacos, Metairie, LA Report #299